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Uni Papua goes to Sabu Island East Timor

with our passion, we reach Sabu Island, East Timor for Social Development through Football.


September 6, 2014.  Off the northern coast of Papua lies Biak Island, one of Indonesia’s 17,000+ islands that make up the worlds largest Archipelago. This remote island exists today as it’s own natural paradise, untouched by traveling tourists and nearly free of western influence.  But the simplicity of the island is what makes it so unique; Papuans grow and catch their own food and rely on traditions and their own ideas to develop. The remoteness of the land and seclusion from outside sources makes it difficult for Biak to advance in many ways. One of the main problems Biak faces today is the high rate of HIV/AIDS. The regions of Papua and West Papua have two of the highest HIV prevelency rates in Indonesia and the reality is that if traditions stay the same and education about how to protect against HIV/AIDS is never implemented then these numbers will continue to grow. Social issues on the island, such as this one are why people like Harry are so important to the future of Biak. H…

How can a river contain so much water when its upstream spring is just a trickle?

How can a river contain so much water when its upstream spring is just a trickle?

This question was in Daniel Alexander’s mind when he traversed the great Mahakam River in East Kalimantan many years ago.

After tracking the 1,000 kilometer-long river to its primary water spring, he found the answer that was to become his life philosophy.

The spring inspired him to turn his life into an act of giving. His choice was to give education to less-privileged children in Papua under the aegis of the Pesat Foundation. 

Starting with one school in Nabire 20 years ago, the foundation now has dozens of schools spanning 11 provinces.

“Eighty percent of the schools adopt a free education system,” Daniel recently told a group of 40 Indonesian students at a Griffith University campus in Brisbane.

So how did all of this happen?  

“The water spring taught me to keep enough to support my family. I returned the rest to the community through the school program,” said the educator-cum-social worker.

The explained …

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